The first weekend of October was a time of spiritual refreshment for me and many others. It was Conference weekend for the LDS Church. Some were fortunate enough to attend these inspiring sessions in person. Most of us viewed the proceedings in the comfort of our homes via TV or radio or Internet broadcasts. I was part of that latter group. A handful of family members gathered at my home to watch the four sessions on TV. We listened carefully as leaders in our church delivered heartfelt words of encouragement and counsel. I've made it a habit to take notes during these talks, to record thoughts that pop into my head, and to write down the main ideas that surface for me. Later on I usually go back and highlight the things that touched my heart the most. Here are a few of the things I recorded during this most recent Conference: (this includes the General Women's Broadcast) "Do more than just exist!" "Don't give up! Believe in good things to come!" "Our divine nature is a gift from our Heavenly Father." "Pray to avoid temptation. Avoid those things that will drag us down." "This is the time to prepare to meet God. Remember most of our blessings will take place in the '3rd act'." "Remember the love our Father in heaven and Savior has for each one of us." "Our trials may well qualify us for eternal blessings." "Love one another. See the beauty in each other." "In the midst of despair, have valiant hearts!" "Our Savior sanctified the world. He has marked the path and led the way. Follow Him." "Serve each other with love and compassion." "Family is the very heart of salvation." "In the strength of the Lord we can do all things." "Focus on the miracles and wonders of life to find happiness despite trials." "Faith leads to hope--both will lead to confidence that one day, all things will make sense." "Notice the good things. Avoid self-pity." "Serve others--forget our sorrow in helping others." "Don't chase after shadows!" "Simplify! Focus on what's important!" "Have a willing heart and a desire to believe." "If we will be obedient, we can stay the course through troubled water." "Gospel truths offer comfort and assurance during trials." "We find true joy in living a Christ-centered life." "If you do your best, it will all work out." "The Holy Ghost makes a perfect traveling companion." "Count blessings instead of challenges." "Live faithful. All blessings will be restored." "Be willing to forgive. Seek the good in others. Do not be offended, nor offend others." "Choices matter." "Never deliberately fly into a thunderstorm." "We marry potential--not perfection." "Maternal love is divine." "We have only to ask for the Savior's help." "Let your light shine--we can light the way for others." "Bring hope to the hopeless. Help those in need." "Radiate the light of Christ." "Fear and faith can't exist at the same time." "The Lord will qualify who He calls." "To effectively serve others, see them through Heavenly Father's eyes." "Comfort those who are struggling." "We need women of discernment. Make important things happen because of faith." "It's not always easy or convenient to stand up for Christ." "We need a constant influence of truth." "Ponderize--write a favorite scripture on your heart and mind." "Don't just go through the motions." "Trust the whisperings of the Spirit." "Healing takes place on both sides of the veil." "The light of Jesus Christ will shine through the darkness." "Be faithful despite challenges. We all go through tests." "When you cannot do what you've always done, focus on what is most important." "Physical weakness can enhance spiritual strength." "Cast out negative feelings of anger and spite . . . forgive all men." These are just a few of the thoughts and notes I jotted down. I plan to reflect on them quite often in the days ahead. Let's face it--we live in a challenging time. What a comfort it is to know that we have inspired men and women at the helm to help us find our way.
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